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#1 2013-11-10 20:32:10

Olivia
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Veteran's Day

To all of the board members who are veterans--Thank you for your service & your courage.

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#2 2013-11-11 07:51:47

Pomonoker
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thank you Olivia, and I second it to all my fellow veterans.

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#3 2013-11-11 08:54:14

jimbo
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thanks to all our Veterans we pretty much have the right to voice our opinions publicly.
Try that in some other countries around the world and find out how much freedom you have.

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#4 2013-11-11 10:40:12

CharlieP.
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thank you Olivia. Same to all the other board members that served.

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#5 2013-11-11 11:06:50

Jack
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thanks, Olivia and same to all my  fellow veterans.

Does anyone remember when this day was called "Armistice Day?" and having its roots in the ending of WWI, which ended on 11/11 at 11;00 AM, most of the office buildings in NYC - and I suppose all over the USA -  would dim their lights at 11:00 AM in memory of that event and those that had died. I remember this happening from when I graduated high school in 1957 until I went into the Air Force in 1958.

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#6 2013-11-11 12:11:19

Pomonoker
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Re: Veteran's Day

Jack, Air Force also, altho 7 years after you. What bases did you serve at?

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#7 2013-11-11 15:55:02

Jack
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Re: Veteran's Day

Pomonoker:   Lackland for basic, of course. Gunther, Alabama for Aeromed training, and stuck for the rest of the four at Langley, Virginia except for a TDY to Alpena, Michigan to support a reservist call up. I did get to meet the first seven astronauts, though, as Langley was the home of NASA before it moved to Houston. I got out two weeks before the Cuban missile crisis; was almost positive I'd be yanked back in until things finally blew over.

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#8 2013-11-11 16:06:13

DrSteve
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thanks Olivia..and I salute all my fellow veterans as well. DrSteve(Spec.4 USAR).

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#9 2013-11-11 18:30:26

Pomonoker
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thanks Jack, the only common base was of course Lackland. 6 weeks in my case, I bet yours was longer. From there I went to Keesler in Biloxi Mississippi, for technical training, electronics, and ground navaids, for 10 months, and then to Suffolk County AFB, in Westhampton Beach. 70 miles from home, lol. After close to two years there, I decided I really didn't enlist to be on Long Island, I put in a request to be sent anywhere in the world, figuring there was probably a good chance it would be Nam, but I was ready to go someplace. I then got orders to go to Osan AFB in Korea, which as an old MSgt, told me was a great tour. He was right, I had a great time for the 13 months I was there.
I always tell anyone that asks, that enlisting was probably one of the best things I could have done at that time in my life. Absolutely no regrets.

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#10 2013-11-11 19:01:11

jimbo
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Re: Veteran's Day

My brother Ken flew a phantom jet during the Viet Nam war. He stayed in the Air Force Reserve until his passing and is buried in the military cemetery out in Calverton LI. His son is in the USAF with search and rescue. He has been to Iraq and 3 tours in Afghanistan .He is now stationed somewhere in Africa which is another hot spot.
God bless these guys in search and rescue who are constantly putting their lives on the line to save others. They have my total respect.

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#11 2013-11-12 14:12:48

reege
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Re: Veteran's Day

Thanks Olivia.

As I grow older, I look back on those 4 years I spent in the Navy, and they seem to be among the best things I ever did, although I was no hero - like many guys, I did my duty and served "honorably". I got out and went back to civilian life.

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#12 2013-11-12 19:34:42

Sal
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Re: Veteran's Day

God Bless all that served. I was one of 45,200 called up in the Oct. '66 Draft. Scary times.

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#13 2013-11-13 11:35:31

CharlieP.
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Re: Veteran's Day

I got a free lunch in Applebees today,then at 4p.m.,I got a free dinner at The Golden Corral.The golden Corral went out of their way for us vets.They had a live group from some church singing for us during our meal.  (all you can eat buffet ) They sang patriotic songs along with spirituals from 4p.m.untill 9p.m.The manager of the store went around to each and every table thanking us for our service. There must have been well over a thousand people served.The food was great,and they even served stake. Now that's a restaurand I will never forget.
             They lost thousands of dollars that day,just so they can pay tribute to us. WOW !

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#14 2013-11-13 17:01:59

Pomonoker
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Re: Veteran's Day

I'm curious CharlieP, what did you need to show, if anything, to show you were a veteran? DD214?

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#15 2013-11-13 18:10:15

from 28th street
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Re: Veteran's Day

My husband and a friend went to the Olive Garden in Times Square for the free meal for veterans. They show their VA cards for identification. That VA card works well in Home Depot and last weekend at Bed, bath and Beyond.

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#16 2013-11-14 09:45:36

Sal
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Re: Veteran's Day

Pomonker- DD 214 ,Dog tags, If you live near a VA Hospital or Clinic you can request a VA ID card which works well (you to have you furnish a lot of personal information).

At Home Depot the other day they scanned my VA Universal ID bar code at the check out register.

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#17 2013-11-14 13:42:37

Jack
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Re: Veteran's Day

I've never used it but if you're in the American Legion, that ID card would show you're a veteran.

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#18 2013-11-14 17:09:42

Pomonoker
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Re: Veteran's Day

I have a DD214. I was just curious about how closely they checked.

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#19 2013-11-15 11:23:26

CharlieP.
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Re: Veteran's Day

Pomonoker,
       I used my V.A. i.d. card,but your DD214 would do. With my V.A.i.d.card,I get 10% off in Lowes. Funny,last year my wife told the guy at The Golden Corral that she was in the British Army,as a joke, (she's from England) and believe it or not,the guy said "go ahead,you can get a free meal also". She almost fainted. LOL

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